Did you know?
Contrary to popular belief, the maple water from which syrup is made is not really sap. It is actually frozen water trapped inside the tree. In the spring, during the period of freezing and thawing, the wood decontracts and allows this sweet, mineral-rich water to run off. Once it becomes warm enough for the tree’s metabolism to kick in and begin transporting real sap, which is drawn from the tree’s roots and has a fairly bitter flavour, maple syrup season is over.